the Houston Chronicle. More in sorrow
than in anger—since Karkabi has written,
and written well, for Breakthrough in
the past-it must be noted that the lead
to her Steinem story was goddawful—in
that 50's Lifestyle style. "She is en-
visoned as aggressive, humorless, difficult, in fact, Gloria Steinem is anything
but that. It is her sense of humor that is
her most engaging, as well as surprising,
"With her long hair and tinted glasses,
dressed simply but elegantly, the 45-year-
old Ms. Steinem does not look much
different than she did 17 years ago . . ."
(If you can get past all that, it ends up
being a pretty good interview).
Dan O'Rourke, Channel 2 reporter,
displayed the same fascination with
Steinem's looks at a joint press conference at Breakthrough (Steinem talked
about the changes in Ms. and we discussed our new direction). In 30 minutes,
a lot of ground was covered. Nancy Carney (Ch. 11) and Elma Barrera (Ch. 13)
asked Steinem about the impact made
by the women's movement in the past
decade and the structural changes Steinem saw taking place in 80s. O'Rourke
zeroed in on Steinem's appearance and
in spite of her reluctance to make a big
deal of it, he continued to badger Steinem until he got a quote. Sure enough,
that was the obligatory cute closing to
the show that evening. "Few people
anywhere look so much like they did
10 years ago as does Gloria Steinem.
It's those glasses and the hair but she
says it's just her. She puts her hair in a
ponytail in the summertime and in the
winter, it keeps her ears warm." Unfortunately, we found out more about
O'Rourke than Steinem from that report.
y the way, Nancy Carney, who
is the new host of the Morning
iShow, has had some excellent
shows. She did a lively half-
hour with Gloria Steinem (Jan. 16), the
next week interviewed Sissy Farenthold,
and a week later interviewed Yvonne
Broach, president of Houston Area
NOW. Both Carney and her producer,
Benny Dominguez, are to be commended
for their emphasis on women's issues.
Beats all those reactionary reports from
Congressman Ron Paul who was becoming a weekly fixture. Tune in mornings at
7:30 a.m. It's the best morning offering
for discussion of local and national
A year ago freelance writer Alison
Cook dug out a trunkload of old
clippings and wrote a cover
story for City magazine on
Houston gossip columnists Marge Crum-
baker and Maxine Messinger. A year later,
Alison (as in Marge and Maxine) has "The
Page," her very own scoop column in
the same magazine.
She recently revealed that Garret
Hobart, an obscure political columnist
for Galveston In Between, is really the
nom de plume of Republican State
Representative Chase Untermeyer.
Cook let it be known that Untermeyer
writes about his fellow Republicans
"in a style that is, well, less than reverential." He called the "merry men"
around the governor "Clementines" and
described St. Sen. and "Republican convert" Bill Braecklin, "a lazy pol."
Apart from the ethical considerations
of a public servant writing political commentary without stating his bias, the
most interesting question is, who is the
real Garret Hobart? You probably already
knew this, but Hobart was President
William McKinley's first vice-president.
He died in office in 1899, and was succeeded by Teddy Roosevelt. Hobart's
claim to fame was that, while presiding
over the Senate, he cast the deciding
vote which defeated the resolution to
grant independence to the Philippines.
recently, and when it ended Harmon
said, "I wonder why Becky's smiling?"
Padgett called Harmon, explained what
was wrong with his remark, and was
told, "You're being a little sensitive,
aren't you?" When Padgett commented
that he wouldn't make a joke like that
about child abuse, Harmon answered,
"Well, you've got a point, but this is
different." He did promise, though,
that he wouldn't steal jokes from the
other d.j.s anymore. So everything's
OK at KIKK.
A federal grand jury has been
questioning Judd Mcllvain, Ch.
11 TV reporter, about an educational film he produced in 1976
for Harris County Commissioner Bob
Eckels. The film was designed to explain the county tax system and has been
shown in area schools.
The FBI is investigating possible mail
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May 4, 1913 "The N.Y. Times does not believe that the achievement of women's suffrage
would increase either the happiness or the prosperity of women in America. It believes the
bestowal upon women of the right to vote and their contact with men in political matters will
deprive them of certain privileges they now enjoy..."
May 13,1913 "The benefits of women's suffrage are almost wholly imaginary ... The inevitable result of suffrage will be to coarsen women and to lessen men's respect for them."
August 12,1970 Despite the fact that the ERA was introduced 50 years ago in Congress, The
N.Y. Times urges the Senate to stall on the ERA because "the range of such potential litigation
is too great to be readily foreseen."
April 11,1978 "Too much energy has gone into the fight for passage of the Amendment and
not enough into other issues ... We hope and believe that the Amendment will some day prevail, but it should not prevail at too high a cost." The N. Y. Times urges Congress not to extend
the deadline for ratification. (From National N.O.W.)
Gail Padgett, of the Houston Rape
Crisis Coalition, reports that her
organization has been asked to
participate in a one-hour PBS
documentary called, tentatively, Doin'
Life, and due to air in late August. Rape
victims will be interviewed, as well as
prisoners serving life terms for murder,
rape and armed robbery. Texas governor
Bill Clements wrote a letter to the executive director of the media center at
Sam Houston State University, who is
producing the program. Clements urged
that victims, as well as rapists, be included.
One of the most popular country and
western songs just now is Coward of the
County, which is about rape. It is a
father's advice to his son that "you don't
have to fight to be a man." So the son
earns the name of coward, because he
turns the other cheek etc . . . Until . . .
he comes home one day to find that his
Becky has been raped by three loutish
brothers, so he naturally whups their
ass, and the song ends, "Sometimes
you have to fight to be a man."
Gail Padgett heard KIKK Radio
d.j. John Harmon playing the song
fraud. "Agents allegedly suspect that at
least twice the $55,000 cost of the film
was donated through misrepresented
solicitations," said a Houston Post
story (Jan. 17).
Mcllvain denied any wrongdoing, as
did Eckels, who claimed the investigation
was part of ongoing harassment by his
political foes. Lynn Ashby, Houston
Post columnist, wrote the script for the
film. The investigation is expected to
Whatever the outcome, the question
remains: is it a conflict of interest for
Mcllvain and Ashby to be earning money
from the county, when the county is a
legitimate object of their scrutiny?
Dan Patrick, sportscaster on Ch.
11 TV, belongs to the let-it-
all-hang-out, subjective school
of reporting. He editorializes
at will and emotes all over the set. When
the Americans were first taken hostage
in Iran, Patrick appeared on the air with
a small American flag, his voice rising
to a Zindleresque pitch of outraged
More recently, swept up in Super Bowl
fever, he interviewed Terry Bradshaw,
quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"How much does your religion and Jesus
have an effect on your performance on
the football field?" asked Patrick. "I
couldn't throw the football, I'd lost
my confidence," confessed Bradshaw.
"The peace and comfort I got through
my prayer life and my rededication to
him was the thing that relaxed me ... if
I've had any success I want to credit
Then Ft was time for the editorial.
"Religion has had a big part in my
life," intoned Patrick, "and I'm not
ashamed to admit that. I think it's good
to balance the bad stuff ... In recent
years, so many people say there aren't
any heroes. Some writers have looked for
the negative . . . every sports team I've
ever covered has a deep religious core. . ."
and so on. When he finally wound down,
anchor Steve Smith grinned weakly and
said, "So you've been here about four
months now, Dan?" (Patrick's unsolicited
testimonial probably had the same effect
in many households as it did in ours.
You couldn't exactly call it prayer, but
several people were heard to invoke the
name of Jesus Christ.)
Patrick's religion-in-sports angle is
no doubt sincere. It does lend credence,
however, to what Leigh Montville of the
Boston Globe called "the great American
theme contest." (The Selling of the
Super Bowl, Time, Jan. 28.) 'There's no
story, so everyone sits down and tries to
And some people fantasize about
stories they haven't read but would like
to. In an amusing column about "News
stories I would love to read," February 6,
Lynn Ashby had this to say about Patrick :
"Channel 11 sportscaster Dan Patrick
has been granted full membership in the
Brotherhood of American Clowns. 'It's
something I've been wanting and working
toward for years,' a happy Patrick said
from behind his putty nose, while inflating his whoopee cushion. . ."
We never said Ashby wasn't good for a
The Columbia Journalism Review, in its current issue, gives
a dart, its equivalent of a pan, to
the Texas Press Association
(TPA) and the Texas Association of
Broadcasters, "for putting a tiger in their
tank and jointly sponsoring the 1979
Student Editors Conference with Exxon
U.S.A. Along with discussions on print
and broadcasting, ethics and law, public
opinion and politics—led by magazine
editors, news producers, and such leading
journalistic lights as Sander Vanocur and
Fred Graham—students were treated to an
analysis of the gas crisis by none other
than the manager of public affairs for
And here's another dart to the TPA.
Its Mid-Winter Convention and Trade
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